The All India Football Federation has not yet confirmed a clear date about when the I league starts this season, but there has been already a reported leaking of I league fixtures as several outlets claim that the Indian top division league will start from 9th November.
East Bengal players celebrating a goal
The AIFF earlier announced that both ISL and I league will run simultaneously, which itself is a bizarre thing, and now unofficial sources claim that the I league may start as early as two weeks from now yet no official schedule or campaigning has started from AIFF’s behalf.
Nine teams have already been confirmed for the upcoming season’s I league, while the Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal refused to play the star studded ISL and committed their pledge to I league, there has been a return for Churchill Brothers FC. Neroca FC got promoted from last season’s 2nd division and will take part in top division this season.
There has been a talk of AIFF’s Indian Arrows as the 10th team of the league, involving the U17 players who took part in the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup but so far there has been no evident or concrete decision on that. A sector of Indian press and supporters are fed up with this lackluster approach of the governing body and this is an utter disappointment for the Indian football lovers.
ISL match between ATK and North East
According to reports of Khel Now, I league will start on 9th November and Champions Aizawl FC will play Mohun Bagan in the first match. The matches will be played 14.00 IST and 17.30 IST on match days. The much anticipated Kolkata Derby is reportedly to be played on 1st December while the venue has not yet been decided. Fixtures up to 5th round were leaked.
Mohun bagan’s Sony Norde in action
Leaked East Bengal Fixtures:
10th November, Friday: East Bengal vs Churchill Brothers
15th November, Wednesday: Neroca vs East Bengal
23rd November, Thursday: East Bengal vs Aizawl FC
1st December, Friday: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan
9th December, Saturday: East Bengal vs Indian Arrows
Leaked Mohun Bagan Fixtures:
9th November: Mohun Bagan vs Aizawl FC
15th November: Indian Arrows vs Mohun Bagan
22nd November: Minerva Punjab vs Mohun Bagan
1st December: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan
8th December: Mohun Bagan vs Lajong FC